Roasted Chicken alla Limoncello

Bring fragrance of Holiday Cooking into your kitchen with this delicious Roasted Fennel Citrus Chicken. Day 8 of "15 days to Thanksgiving"

Roasted Chicken alla Limoncello
Diet Info: DF GF F LF Na LS VG V Fa

When I planned to roast some chicken for Sunday supper, I added a twist on my favorite roasted lemon chicken with limoncello and orange marmalade, and buttery-aromatic fennel. Sweet of marmalade, fennel met savory spices and citrus with sharp notes of limencello........ The result was a savory, aromatic, sweet and sour chicken roast with a finger-licking good taste.

Trust me! one plate of this chicken with side of some steamed rice or rustic Italian loaf, and you will hear nothing on dinner table...... except.... can I have some more?

My kitchen was filled with aroma of citrus scent and roasted fennel........ I can still sniff the scent while typing this post (in my imaginations of course! roasted chicken!! that is long gone.....) 

Note: If you don't want to buy Limoncello, you can roast chicken with fennel and citrus only.

Roasted Chicken with Limoncello, easy and quick roasted dinner!

Recipe has 4 servings, but quick cooking time and almost no active prep time makes this chicken a great dinner option for thanksgiving dinner for two. In-fact, you can replace chicken with turkey meat if you wish! Just adjust the roasting time to ensure bird is fully cooked. Except cooking time, I won't change a thing to make Roasted Turkey alla Limoncello with Fennel.

One thing is certain though, you will not have to clean the dishes if you serving chicken or turkey alla Limoncello....... dishes with arrive empty, sparkling clean from dinner table to kitchen sink. ;) you know what I mean?! don't you? ;)

I am so glad to share this recipe with you!!! Can't wait to share some great thanksgiving feast recipes from some of my foodie friends tomorrow......

I hope you are enjoying 15 days to Thanksgiving as much as I! 

Roasted Chicken with Limoncello, thanksgiving dinner for two!

Roasted Chicken with Limoncello, savory citrus and fennel chicken thanksgiving dinner for two!

Roasted Chicken alla Limoncello

Roasted Chicken alla Limoncello
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Italian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 4 Servings - Serves: 4


  • Limoncello-Orange Marmalade Marinade
  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • 2 tbsp Orange Jam (or use orange marmalade)
  • 1 tbsp Mustard (dijon mustard)
  • 4 Lemon (divided, 3 tbsp juice of about 1-2 large lemon, rest sliced thin rounds)
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 4 tbsp Limoncello Lemon Liqueur (See Note 1)
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Black Pepper (as per taste)
  • Chicken Roast
  • 2 lbs Chicken (breast, thighs, or a whole chicken)
  • 2 Fennel Bulbs (core removed, rest thin sliced)
  • 2 tbsp Parsley (fine chopped, for garnish)
  • 2 tsp Fennel Seeds
Smart Swap: Replace chicken with Turkey for a Thanksgiving Dinner for Two!


  • Step for Recipe - Roasted Chicken alla Limoncello 1. Make Marinade - In a large, less-deep and wide ovenproof dish or a rimmed sheet pan. Add all marinade ingredients, plus sliced lemons and fennel. Additional Notes: I happened to be out of dijon mustard, so I have used tarragon-dijon mustard instead. However, for this recipe, I recommend using plain dijon mustard only.
    Step for Recipe - Roasted Chicken alla Limoncello 2. Add chicken pieces, fennel seeds. Mix well to coat chicken and everything else in the marinade. I prefer to remove skin from chicken for personal pref, you can leave skin-on for a crispy roasted outer skin. Cover and let chicken marinade for at-least 1-2 hrs or overnight.
  • Step for Recipe - Roasted Chicken alla Limoncello 3. Pre-heat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Roast chicken uncovered for 35-45 minutes, until chicken is colored and cooked through. Remove from the oven.
    Step for Recipe - Roasted Chicken alla Limoncello 4. Lift chicken, lemon, and fennel from the baking dish. Transfer rest of the contents in a sauce pan, bring to boil, then simmer until sauce has reduced by half. Pour hot sauce over the chicken and garnish with some cilantro/parsley. Serve with plain rice or tandoori naan.
Savita's Recipe Notes:
  1. Limoncello is optional though I recommend it. If you don't want to buy Limoncello, either skip or use 4 tbsp of white wine.

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6 Responses

  1. Love the rustic look of the dish, can sense the flavour and aroma filling the space.
    Nusrath, thanks dear! Glad you like it!
  2. Anupama, thanks! I'm glad you like it!
  3. Wow, this is a show stopper dish. This looks like such a winter warmer. I like it!
  4. You really captured the essence of this chicken roast in your words, Piyali! It means a lot to me! true thanks from heart :)
  5. I thought the use of the lemon liqueur was very interesting so also the Orange jam & juice.I can only imagine the riot of flavours this dish would have brought 2 the table.Looking at it I can almost get a whif of the tangy aroma it must be emanating.Gorgeous is my word 4 this Flavor Robust Dish.